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• Michael Jordan has sold minority stake ownerships in the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets to two investment brokers but will remain majority owner for the team: Gabe Plotkin, founder and chief investment officer for Melvin Capital, and Daniel Sundheim, founder and chief investment officer for D1 Capital, have joined the Hornets as partners, pending NBA approval. Financial terms were not disclosed.

• The future of WWE’s Superstars will be determined during a two-night draft taking place live on Friday Night SmackDown on Oct. 11 on Fos in T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; and Monday Night Raw on Oct. 14 on USA Network, Pepsi Center, Denver .

On both nights, Superstars from Raw and SmackDown will appear along with personalities from Fox and NBCUniversal programming who will announce select picks from each brand.

The draft will determine the Superstars that compete for Raw and SmackDown, which feature distinct casts, unique storylines and dedicated writing teams

• Ricky Rubio was named Tissot MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Spain to the 2019 championship.

• In an effort to “send a message of inclusion to its widely diverse fan base,” the NBA champion Toronto Raptors said they are the first NBA to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women. The Nike Pro Hijabs with the team’s logo were inspired by the Hijabi Ballers, a Toronto-based non-profit organization dedicated to "celebrating and increasing the involvement of Muslim females in sports." “Inspired by those brave enough to change the game” the team posted to its social media platforms along with a video of the Hijabi Ballers in action.

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (Sept. 14-Oct. 27), which includes the first public screening of the only known complete broadcast of Super Bowl I (then known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game) in January 1967 between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

• Pete Frates and Pat Quinn, co-founders of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, have launched with The ALS Assn. the 5th anniversary of “Challenge Me” with a “new call to action to reignite the passion and generosity of the millions of people who dumped ice water on their heads in the summer of 2014.”

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 Pro Football Hall of Fame First-Time Candidates Class of 2020
• DE John Abraham
• LB Lance Briggs
• WR/Special Teams Josh Cribbs
• RB Maurice Jones-Drew
• S Troy Polamalu
• DE Justin Smith
• WR Reggie Wayne
• LB Patrick Willis

The full list includes 122 players eligible to be selected to next year's class. Full story here.

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Top Brands in 2019 Brand Keys “Consumer Loyalty Index”
• Airline: JetBlue
• Athletic Footwear:Nike
* Automotive: Hyundai
• Banks: Chase
• Beer: Corona Extra (regular), Miller Lite (Lite)
• Bottled Water: Dasani
• Casual Dining: Panera
• Coffee (OOH): Dunkin’
• Energy Drinks: Red Bull
• Headphones: Bose
• Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s
• Major League Sports: MLB
• Online Music: Slacker
* Online Retailer: Amazon
• Online Travel Booking: Booking.com
• Pizza: Domino’s
• QSR: Chick-fil-A
• Retail Sporting Goods: Dick’s
• Social Networking Sites: Instagram
• Soft Drinks: Coca-Cola (regular), Diet Coke
• Tequila: Jose Cuervo
• Ticketing Services: StubHub
• Vodka: Zubrowka
• Whiskey: Jack Daniel’s

FULL LIST HERE

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Weekend Box Office Sept. 13-15
1. It 2 $40.7M
2. Hustlers $33.2M
3. Angel Has Fallen $4.4M
4. Good Boys $4.3M
5. Lion King $3.6M
6. Hobbs & Shaw $2.8M
7. Overcomer $2.7M
8. The Goldfinch $2.6M
9. Peanut Butter Falcon $1.9M
10. Dora and the City of Lost Bold $1.9M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Jul122016

Unanimous Decision: UFC Owners Sell Majority Interest To WME | IMG For $4B

By Barry Janoff

July 11, 2016: Hot on the heels of what might have been its most successful, and most controversial, event, the owners of Ultimate Fighting Championship have sold a majority interest in their business to WME | IMG for $4 billion.

UFC, founded in  1993, was acquired in 2000 by Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO, and his brother, Frank Fertitta, from Semaphore Entertainment Group for $2 million, according to industry analysts. The Fertitta's operate UFC out of Las Vegas under the auspices of Zuffa LLC.

The UFC transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Upon closing, Lorenzo Fertitta will step down from day-to-day operations, but both Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta will "retain a passive minority interest in the organization," according to Beverly Hills, Calf.-based WME | IMG.

Dana White will remain as UFC president.

UFC 200, held in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night (July 9), saw the return of icon Brock Lesner (who defeated Mark Hunt), Amanda Nunes take the women's bantamweight title from Miesha Tate and light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier defeat Anderson Siliva in a non-title bout.

The event was held in front of more than 18,200 fans and took in a live game of $10.7 million, according to UFC. PPV buys are expected to top 1.5 million (numbers are still being crunched).

It also was fraught with controversy, including headliner Jon "Bones" Jones being pulled off the card due to failing a drug test. Previously, Conor McGregor was left off of the UFC 200 card due to internal conflicts with UFC executives.

UFC fights air in more than 150 countries and all 50 states in the U.S. with the recent addition of New York, which lifted its ban earlier this year. The UFC's visibility has risen significantly over the past two years due to the likes of McGregor, Cormier, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Frankie Edgar.

UFC official alliances include Reebok and EA Sports.

"No other sport compares to UFC," White said in a statement. "Our goal has always been to put on the biggest and the best fights for our fans, and to make this the biggest sport in the world. I'm looking forward to working with WME | IMG to continue to take this sport to the next level."

Among its roster, WME | IMG owns, operates or has official alliances in entertainment, fashion, action sports, baseball, basketball, college sports, football, golf, motorsports, the Olympics and tennis.

"We've been fortunate over the years to represent UFC and a number of its remarkable athletes," WME | IMG co-CEOs Ariel Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell said in a statement. "It's been exciting to watch the organization's incredible growth over the last decade under the leadership of the Fertitta brothers, Dana White and their dedicated team.

"We're now committed to pursuing new opportunities for UFC and its talented athletes to ensure the sport's continued growth and success on a global scale."

Silver Lake Partners and KKR will join WME | IMG as new strategic investors, along with MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. which will provide preferred equity financing.

"We're now committed to pursuing new opportunities for UFC and its talented athletes to ensure the sport's continued growth and success on a global scale."

UFC said that since its centennial event in 2009, its has "undertaken a number of measures to increase awareness among fans globally, expanding its presence in Europe, Latin America and Asia, and adding women's divisions."

IMG said it produces more than 52,000 hours of sports programming and arranges to distribute an additional 32,000 hours on behalf of more than 200 clients including The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (Wimbledon), NFL, Premier League, Major League Soccer and Euroleague.

The group also operates IMG Academy, one of the largest sports training institutions in the world.

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